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Dept of Ed disputes teachers union's claims that schools lack supplies

The UFT says a preliminary survey of chapter leaders found many city schools are missing materials. The Department of Education says that's not true.

library reading copley square boston public library books The teachers union says a preliminary survey of chapter leaders found many city schools are missing materials. The Department of Education says that's not true. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO

Schools have been open for less than a week, and the Department of Education and the teachers' union are already at odds.

The United Federation of Teachers says a preliminary survey they conducted found that "most schools are still missing all or part of the materials they need to teach the new common core curriculum."

According to the UFT, 125 school chapter leaders "whose schools ordered outside curriculum approved by the [Department of Education]" were surveyed. 80 percent of those said they lacked reading materials for the new common core curriculum, and 65 percent said they lacked math materials.

The DOE, however, said this report "is not accurate."

"All 1.6 million textbooks and teacher guides have been delivered," a DOE spokesperson said.

The DOE offered to look into reports of missing materials, but the UFT did not respond to an inquiry for specific schools lacking supplies.

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